No county has a history quite like Yorkshire’s and the 150th anniversary celebrations have been going on through the summer.
At Abbeydale yesterday, back in the city where it all actually started, the county’s great and the good, the old and the young, enjoyed a celebration day which took in various elements.
Stars from the past mingled with those from the present day and whilst some of the legends of the game were there, so much interest centred on the young man who has had such a a startling rise to the top in the past 12 months.
Joe Root was, of course, back among friends at his home club, Sheffield Collegiate. He wouldn’t consider himself a star - more one of the lads - in surroundings so familiar and amongst players and people he’s known since he was a baby-faced teenager. Now, he’s a baby-faced 22-year-old, an Ashes success already behind him and, everyone hopes and expects, a stellar cricketing career ahead of him.
The occasion was a special T20 game between Yorkshire and a Sheffield Collegiate Invitation XI which was preceded by a celebrity lunch for over 300 guests and including a few words - prompted jokingly by MC Harry Gration - from Geoffrey Boycott, now Yorkshire President but always with trenchant opinions whatever his position.
Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon, coach Jason Gillespie and captain Andrew Gale headed up the Yorkshire contingent which included Phil Jaques and several of their promising young players whilst Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth swapped sides and turned out for Collegiate with Bairstow opening the bowling!